#SkiNorthBC Expedition 2.0

 

#SkiNorthBC Expedition 2.0

In the land of legends, moments can last a lifetime. Home to some of the most record-setting snowfalls, Northern B.C. winter experiences leave you with a serious case of perma-grin.  There’s so much snow, legendary one-day accumulations turn parking lots into mogul fields.

Explore communities rich in Indigenous history and with a connection to the land that goes back millennia. SnowSeekers has teamed up with a stellar roster of digital storytelling rock stars. Below you will find the results of their work. Check back often from Nov. 3 through March 15 for weekly releases of new content on exciting destinations. #SkiNorthBC destinations include:

  • Terrace/the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine home to Shames Mountain Resort
  • Smithers home to Hudson Bay Mountain Resort and Skeena Heli/Cat Skiing
  • Powder King Mountain Resort, along with Quesnel and Wells, B.C., home to Troll Ski Resort, snowed in along the Barkerville Highway.  

Fly with your choice of airlines from Vancouver, landing direct into Terrace or Smithers airports.  Or, make a road trip landing into #SkiNorthBC country with about a 4 1/2-hour drive north of Kamloops.  Make discoveries that you’ll talk about for a lifetime. Come #SkiNorthBC.

For Ski & Stay details, check here:

Terrace/Shames Mountain, Onion Lake Nordic and Kitsalas Canyon.

Smithers/Hudson Bay Mountain Resort along with Skeena Heli & Cat Skiing.

Quesnel, Wells, Barkerville and Troll Ski Resort.

Powder King Resort.

Correspondents
Rebecca Bollwitt
Chris Wheeler
Jim Barr
Matt Mosteller
Michael Bednar
Abby Cooper
Stories

Hikes at Pinnacles Provincial Park, a stroll on the Riverwalk, a concert at the Occidental, a cup of coffee at Granville’s or a pint of craft beer at Barkerville Brewing. I recently found out that while I enjoyed these activities in Quesnel last summer, you can do all of this and even more during the winter.

A region carved by the immense power of the ocean, awe-inspiring glaciers and a hidden fault line, the landscape surrounding Terrace, B.C. is distinct. A mixture of coastal and interior rainforest coats the valley, breaking only for the nearby Skeena and Kitsumkalum waterways.

Smithers is known for its epic amounts of snow, but what some people might not know is just how darn nice the people are that live here in the town close to Hudson Bay Mountain ski area.

Ski history and heritage is alive and well in B.C. because the resorts are home to a thriving culture that encompasses the idea of going downhill at thrilling speeds.

Hot chocolate, fresh snow in the face and magical turns all day. Think this sounds too dreamy to be real. It's not. Welcome to Troll Ski Area, just east of Quesnel, B.C.

Driving into Shames Mountain Ski Area, you get the true sense that this is a downhome, mom and pop kind of place; there's nothing glitzy or glam about it. But I like it that way, and getting here is half the fun.

A city shaped by the Skeena River, Terrace is a wildly raw and beautiful place. Freshwater rivers bound for the ocean and the mountains reach for the sky. This dramatic landscape entertains outdoor lovers with endless opportunities for adventure. Naturally, we have a few ideas about where to start for your next Terrace visit.

Stewart, B.C., the single name and two letters following make me giddy just thinking about finally seeing what I’ve heard and dreamed about so much. The drive up was filled with slices of Indigenous culture, glimpses at the rich Gold Rush history and a tease of the mountains waiting for us to explore them.

The winding mountainous road comes to an end at Barkerville, but this is not where the adventure ends, it only means you simply no longer require a vehicle. With countless ways to explore Barkerville it’s important to introduce this town with a bit of history to begin to grasp the scope of this place.

Snow banks taller than myself line the streets of Smithers, a sure sign that this incredible snow haven is in good winter form. Whether arriving by plane, car or Via Rail, your first glimpse of town will without doubt steal your heart and whisk you into the mountainous magic that surrounds you. 

A timeless log lodge and matching nearby cabins adorn the base of Troll Resort. The authenticity of a uncommercialized ski resort and its romantic vibe is what drew us in.

Snow was falling heavily as Chris Wheeler pulled into the parking lot at Powder King Ski Resort in Northern B.C in late January 2018. Not being one to waste time on a powder day, Wheeler grabbed his camera gear and hit the chair. Next thing he knew he was shooting powder slashes with a local snowboarder who had offered to show him a few of his hidden gems.

Destinations

Wells may be small, but it is brimming with activity. Wells is a mining town and a centre for artists and outdoors enthusiasts. It is a surprisingly diverse town nestled in the mountains of the Cariboo.

Located in Northern B.C. along the Yellowhead Highway, Prince George is home to Powder King Mountain Resort, 740 km west of Edmonton, or accessible by flight into their airport.

Smithers, B.C. is home to Hudson Bay Ski Resort, found in Northern B.C. along the Yellowhead Highway. Smithers has a regional airport serviced by Air Canada.

Troll Ski Resort was built by Lars Fossberg in 1972, and 30 years later it is still run by the family. Troll has developed into a great mountain, with 4 surface lifts and 1700 vertical feet of terrain.

Shames, located just outside of Terrace, British Columbia, is the type of place where you can easily get in powder tracks with little to no effort, because they are everywhere.